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    Stoudemire: 'I Always Play Better In Postseason'

    Apr 10, 2011 1:35 PM EDT
    Amar'e Stoudemire said New York Knicks fans haven't seen anything from him yet. He said he always has played his best ball in the postseason.
    Still wearing a walking boot on his sprained left ankle, Stoudemire won't commit to playing the Knicks' final two regular season games against the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics. He's deciding whether it's best to rest up for Game 1 of the Playoffs.
    "That's the whole goal now," Stoudemire said. "I always play better in the postseason. I want to be 100 percent healthy to keep that trend going. The good news is it's getting better by the second. I'll play sooner than later."

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    I'd say just let him rest til post season.

    There is nothing to gain (and everything to lose) by having him play the next two games

    Giving Amare a much needed 2 week break(the Philly game when he got hurt until the start of the playoffs) should bring about a rejuvinated Stat.

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    Originally Posted by New New York
    I'd say just let him rest til post season.

    There is nothing to gain (and everything to lose) by having him play the next two games

    Giving Amare a much needed 2 week break(the Philly game when he got hurt until the start of the playoffs) should bring about a rejuvinated Stat.
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    I concur!

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    Originally Posted by New New York
    I'd say just let him rest til post season.

    There is nothing to gain (and everything to lose) by having him play the next two games

    Giving Amare a much needed 2 week break(the Philly game when he got hurt until the start of the playoffs) should bring about a rejuvinated Stat.
    I tend to disagree. You don't want your main star coming off 2 weeks of inactivity going into the playoffs. You want him getting a little play at least so he has his rhythm & his legs to prepare for the intense play that comes in the playoffs.

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    Originally Posted by STAT1
    I tend to disagree. You don't want your main star coming off 2 weeks of inactivity going into the playoffs. You want him getting a little play at least so he has his rhythm & his legs to prepare for the intense play that comes in the playoffs.
    yeah i agree. Limit him to around 17-20 mins for the last couple of games just to keep him fresh and ready for when **** kicks off in the play-offs!

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    I agree. You dont want rust for the playoffs, but, is it better to have him play with a little rust for first game or 2 rather then not have him at all???. He comes out for 17-20 minutes in these last 2 games and tweaks it a little more, we could lose him for all of the first round.

    We dont beat Miami or the Celts without Stat, so having him on the bench for first round would mean we would not see him again till next season. We have come to far to get to this point and have a chance at playing past the regular season. I will take having him come out with 2weeks rest if it helps heal that ankle just a little more. U know he is out on the practice floor running a little, seeing how it feels. I know its the worst possible timing for the ankle thing to happen but right now we are locked into a playoff spot at either 6 or 7. We can not jepordize him hurting himself even more bec we are jocking to try and play or not play either the heat or celts.

    NO. I say rest him and if we are way up or way down in either of those games maybe get him in so he can just run a little on it. but that may even be a bad idea in the Boston game. Celts know there is a good possibility they will play us, so wouldnt you think they would bang on Stat a little Harder trying to rehurt that ankle knowing it might mean they wont have to face him in a playoff series???

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    I don't know...I'm still not convinced by his defense. Melo has shown the ability to dominate on both ends of the floor, if neccessary. STAT can be a beast on offense, but on defense the Tyler Hansbroughs, Taj Gibsons and Amir Johnsons of this world look like All Stars.

    He needs to play defense first and foremost. If he plays some tough D and rebounds well, we can go to the Conf. Finals - not joking. But if he turns up with a offensive mentality and plays his trademark (bad) defense, we're out in the first round in 6 games.

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    Originally Posted by miked1958
    I agree. You dont want rust for the playoffs, but, is it better to have him play with a little rust for first game or 2 rather then not have him at all???. He comes out for 17-20 minutes in these last 2 games and tweaks it a little more, we could lose him for all of the first round.

    We dont beat Miami or the Celts without Stat, so having him on the bench for first round would mean we would not see him again till next season. We have come to far to get to this point and have a chance at playing past the regular season. I will take having him come out with 2weeks rest if it helps heal that ankle just a little more. U know he is out on the practice floor running a little, seeing how it feels. I know its the worst possible timing for the ankle thing to happen but right now we are locked into a playoff spot at either 6 or 7. We can not jepordize him hurting himself even more bec we are jocking to try and play or not play either the heat or celts.

    NO. I say rest him and if we are way up or way down in either of those games maybe get him in so he can just run a little on it. but that may even be a bad idea in the Boston game. Celts know there is a good possibility they will play us, so wouldnt you think they would bang on Stat a little Harder trying to rehurt that ankle knowing it might mean they wont have to face him in a playoff series???
    & What's to stop the Knicks from trying to injure KG, Pierce, Rondo or Ray Allen if they play against us in the final regular season game if you think that's how teams strategize? Guys in the NBA don't go out trying to hurt other guys, guys know when players try dirty tactics & they lose respect pretty quick.

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    i mean i would say give him some burn in tuesdays game let em get some game minutes and finish off the season in the garden maybe play em 15-10 minutes tops just to keep em fresh i guess. either way whether he plays some or not i dont mind it cause were definitely gonna need em at 100% vs our likely opponent the celtics.

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